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120 inch tension rods
Old 10-27-2007, 04:01 PM
 
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As part of the balanced literacy program, I am required to put up curtains in my classroom. I was told to use tension rods. One of my windows measures about 110 inches. Does anyone know of a place to get 120 inch tension rods- if they exist?


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I'm not sure about the curtain rods but . . . what does curtains have to do with balanced literacy??? Just curious
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curtains = balance literacy???
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My same thougth...what do curtains and balance literacy have to do with each other?
Please explain.
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Not so sure!
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I wish I would know!!! My principal says that it makes the classroom look more like home, which "contributes to the balanced literacy program." ?!?!? Personally, I dislike the curtains very much!!
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I'm all for making the classroom look homey, but that's wack.


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My classroom has 2 windows that run the length of my classroom. I searched everywhere and couldn't find curtain rods long enough.

I ended up using pvc pipe as my curtain rod. The pipe was about 10 - 12 feet long and I cut it to fit my windows. I hot glued brackets at the end of each window. The brackets were made to hold up the rod in a closet. The pipes tended to sag a little in the middle so I used some floral wire in the middle to even it out. I hot glued a tiny hook at the top of the window frame and wrapped the wire around the hook.

I ended up spending about $3 for each window.
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Hmm.
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Why are you paying for something that is a requirement at your school? If the principal wants the classrooms to look homey, then the school, not you, should buy the curtains and pay to have someone install them. You could get hurt putting up the curtains, and then you would be out with Workman's Comp.
I would speak to the principal about this, nicely, of course. If the principal doesn't see your point, my stance in writing and forward it to any other powers that be. Anything at school that is required should be paid for by the school.
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Thanks!
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Thanks for all the ideas! I really appreciate your input!
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we had shades installed that we can put posters (word walls) etc. on and roll up and down as we need them. The shades are colored to match the walls so it's very pleasant. one has a map on it for recording postcard exchanges etc.
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I love the shades idea. I use it for a map but haven't thought about using it for a word wall.
I did need a long rod at home. I finally used a wooden pole like a dowel rod, but really thick.


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Old 10-31-2007, 08:31 PM
 
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If there is an ikea in your area ... check there! Otherwise, the pvc idea is extremely cost efficient!

I agree w/ pp about the school paying for it and inistalling it!
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Thanks all
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I officially discovered that there are no such things as 120 inch tension rods. I also discovered that my window is bigger than anyone elses in the entire building (aside from the room right below mine)! That's why I am the only one who has problems with this! The teacher in the room right below mine was quite creative and used the table cloth skirts that have adhesive tops and stuck it to the window! Now how's that for not spendingon something we shouldn't really have to spend on!
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Old 11-02-2007, 01:44 AM
 
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My school recently purchased a couple 120 inch tension rod from Country Curtains for my classroom. They weren't very sturdy as it sagged in the middle. So they needed to use wire to wrap around the rod and the metal beams from the ceiling tiles, but it worked and it looks pretty nice. Each rod was about $40.00, but my school paid for them and put them up for us.
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:46 PM
 
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What about heavy duty Velcro? They make it with sticky backs, so you could just put one strip on the frame & one on the curtain. This would work if you're only doing valances not curtains that you want to open & close.
It's nuts to think this will help your literacy rate though. Next thing you know they will tell you that you have to remove all curtains because of the fire hazard. That's what happened in my school. Then we had to remove lamps & now they want our carpets. We're really fighting that one, those tile floors are cold in the winter & we all like for the kids to be able to sit on the floor. What will they think of next?
And yes make them pay for it & put them up for you! Good luck!
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For treetoad, how do you put on the posters?
Old 12-01-2007, 06:55 AM
 
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Do you use glue? What a great idea! It's a great way to store posters, as well!

Do you have to use special glue?

I'm sorry I'm asking so many questions, I'm a craft klutz!!!!

But I think you're idea is wonderful. I'm just trying to figure out how to make it work for me.

Thanks again.

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Cheap solution!
Old 12-19-2007, 11:10 AM
 
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I used pvc pipe. Had to buy two and glue them together.
There is a special glue for pvc pipe.

The pipe is lightweight. I just drove in nails and laid that pipe on the
top. Then, used fishing line to tie to nails.

Good luck!
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Balanced Literacy Program and Curtains?
Old 12-19-2007, 11:15 AM
 
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I had windows in my classroom that went on forever. I had to put up four separate rods (the ones that come apart and attach to the wall on each end) as close as I could get them and the curtains were 4 separate pieces. Not sure what this has to do with balanced literacy. . . .
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You could also use a wooden closet rod with wooden end sockets to hold the rod.

I'm working on trying to divide my finished basement into 2 separate rooms in a inexpensive manner. I spoke with a guy from a hardware store and that's what he recommended. I will also try to get some type of rod support device that I could secure the middle of the rod.

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Old 01-10-2008, 03:02 PM
 
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You can try hot glueing it to the windows. It would come off easy when they have to tell you to take it down. I hot glue a lot of things on my cement walls b/c it pulls off easy.
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that's a loooooong tension rod!
Old 04-06-2008, 12:25 PM
 
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What about shower curtain rods? Do those extend 120 inches???
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144" tension rod
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I just got a expandable tension drapery rod on clearance at Home Depot for 18.88...so they do exist!!! It goes from *6" up to 144" and I am using it to section off a nook as a storage area using those rings with the clips and twin size flat sheets that I got on clearance at walmart for 6 bucks apiece!
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Long tension rods
Old 08-25-2010, 12:35 PM
 
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Have you found one yet...I need one for a dorm room that has a funky 78" window...and you cant drill any holes for a regular rod...Looking for a long tension rod too...
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A principal curiosity!
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How much does this principal earn a year to double as an interior decorator? Where are the custodians for this "educational" project?

Ah yes.. the American's Tax Dollars at Work!!
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Old 11-14-2010, 05:45 PM
 
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After studying the balanced literacy program for two years, I have never heard anything about a pleasing atmosphere relating to balanced literacy. I do not follow your P.'s thinking on this!
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144" tension rods
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Hi,

do you by any chance have the name or item number from Home Depot for those 144" tension rods? can't find it on their site and the rep on the phone wasn't able to look it up either.

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Old 07-18-2012, 02:44 AM
 
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I've ne er seen one that long but walmart has tension rods that go up to 86"
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120 inch tension rod
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Bed Bath and Beyond sells a tension rod that will go from 84" to 120" for $39.99
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